Autistic boy, 16, allowed to become a woman but judge orders he freeze his sperm in case he wants to be a dad

By Richard Shears
Last updated at 6:35 PM on 28th December 2010

A schoolboy has been given permission to start changing into a woman - provided he has his sperm frozen in case he decides to 'father' children some time in the future.

The extraordinary case has emerged in Australia where a female judge in the Family Court has given the 16-year-old boy the go-ahead to start drug treatment in the first steps to his conversion into womanhood.

Judge Linda Dessau said the teenager, who is mildly autistic, was mature enough to know what he wanted - and he had the support of his parents, six specialists and a lawyer.

Sydney's Daily Telegraph reported today that the boy, identified only as 'O', comes from a loving family who 'adore and respect him'.

He also had the support of his 14-year-old sister, whose clothes he has been secretly dressing up in.

The judge said the boy was so desperate to become a girl that he had become suicidal and had once taken the extreme step of swallowing a lead solder at his school.

Added to the unusual case was the judge's observation that the boy's father had also enjoyed dressing up as a girl but he had said that he 'grew out of it'.

The parents of 'O' thought he would also grow out of his obsession of dressing up as a girl but that did not happen and when he was 14 he told them he was revolted by his male body.
When grown women are "revolted" by their own bodies, we diagnose them with body dysmorphic disorder and recognize that treatment (often residential treatment) is needed to address a mental illness (not a 'preference') that can have fatal consequences.

This is shameful.

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